This movie is basically a remake of the Benizakura story arc (episodes 58-61) of the series Gintama. For those who are unfamiliar with it, Gintama is a comedy series set in an alternate universe, where Japan is taken over by aliens. It follows the adventures of Sakata Gintoki - former samurai, who is always broke. He works as a “yorozuya” (something like a mercenary) together with two teenagers and does various tasks to make a living. The series are more like a parody of popular anime series and characters. The whole concept of mixing samurai, space technology, aliens and comedy may sound strange, but
Gintama is really funny and original. However, the Benizakura arc is probably the most action-packed in the whole series. So even those, who don’t like comedy with sci-fi elements, will enjoy the spectacular sword fights.
The Benizakura story itself is kept unchanged. Katsura, leader of anti-government faction, has disappeared. Some believe he has fallen victim to a murderer, who targets samurai on the streets of Edo. Gintoki wants to look for his missing friend, but is given a job. He has to find a stolen sword, the Benizakura. While he is searching for it, Kagura and Shinpachi are looking for Katsura. They all face some dangerous enemies and eventually discover a conspiracy aiming to overthrow the government.
The differences with the TV episodes are not that great. They have re-used about 85% of the existing material. Most of the scenes, the fights and the dialogue are identical. In the movie, they have improved some small animation details, like sword reflections and effects. Some pieces of the background music and some camera angles have also been changed. There are also about 10 minutes of original footage in the movie, with some additional scenes (and some new jokes).
The overall enjoyment for Gintama fans would be 10/10… even though it is just the old episodes pasted together with some minor cosmetic changes. The Benizakura arc is awesome and watching it again never gets old. Those, who haven’t seen the series, can still watch the movie and enjoy it. The story is easy to follow and the action is good. Some may notice that the characters’ background and motivation need more explanation (which is covered in the TV episodes). Also some things (like Elizabeth) in the crazy Gintama world might seem confusing. Anyways, the movie is good, but “newcomers” would probably rate it around 8/10.
For all of those who are skeptical or were skeptical of Gintama, this movie will suck you into the hype. I was once filling the shoes you're wearing right now, but after watching this movie it changed my outlook on how I viewed anime.
This movie's plot comes from episodes 58-61 of the original series, just redone. The story is phenomenal (Gintoki keeps his former friend from destroying Edo).
The art is typical Gintama, as are the character's audio.
What pushed me to love this was that the enjoyment was simply satisfying. From the usual Gintama, I would just get a laugh and that was
it, but this is the whole freaking package. We finally see Gintoki get serious and it is awesome. His fighting rivals that of Kenshin Himura for all of you Rurouni Kenshin fans (I'm a hardcore one myself).
This movie is amazing. All I can really say is check it out.
The standard shonen jump series based movie often have an original story written entirely just for the occasion. . . Or yearly routine, but having a movie based on one of the series many story arcs is either playing it safe with material fans already know of, or it's just simply being lazy. . . And the Yorozuya knows all too well about laziness.
STORY: Gintama Shinyaku Benizakura-hen is the first (And mostly the only) movie for the Gintama franchise, I movie that adapts one of the series' most famous arcs, the Benizakura arc. . . Or more accurately, rehashes the Benizakura arc giving it a
fresh coat of better animation and a smaller running time than what it took for the anime to get through with it. And in Gintama fashion, the main cast of characters themselves ridicule the idea of the movie ultimately being a rehash, in fact the movie does not care to admit it, the word rehash is even in the title!
But for those who have never read or watched the series, I honestly would not suggest to use this movie as a starting point because despite that Gintama is predominately a comedy series this movie showcases the series in a much more serious light than how it really is. Not that I'm saying that Gintama isn't serious, it is from time to time, it's just this movie will give first time viewers a dead wrong impression of the what the series mood is.
So ultimately this movie is really for the crowd that were already into the series to begin with, so how does it fare with that in mind to people who are already fans of the franchise? Honestly, the movie plays out like any other shonen jump series movie, bad guy stirs up trouble like killing someone, stealing something or causes some kind of troubling commotion. And this movie is three for three, it starts out with one of the series' regular recurring characters losing in a fight with the main antagonist of the film, Nizo, a character that had showed up in a episode prior to the arc that this movie is based on. His reasons for doing so is so that the main antagonist(Of the series, not the film) will recognize him as an equal of sorts, which for to really happen, any gintama fan will tell you he will also need to defeat the main protagonist of the series, Gintoki Sakata, in order for that to happen. Nizo is also using the movie's namesake item, the Benizakura (Or awesome cherry blossom in the english dub... I'll get to that in a bit), a sword with a mind of it's own that infects it's wielder like a parasite slowly turning the user into some sort of 90's sci fi cyborg monster.
And with the main antagonist out of way, I need to talk about the series main trio, the Yorozuya itself. Gintoki Sakata, the dead eye'd, silver haired jack of all trades with an obsession with sweets and shonen jump, if he wasn't the same as he is in the series, then this movie would have some serious problems. Shinpachi Shimura, the straight man with a tendency of being the butt end of every joke, and Kagura, the young alien girl who the opposite of your typical shonen heroine. I want to speak of the group's comedic triumphs, but as I stated above the movie goes into a more serious tone than what the series is famous for, which, for anyone who has read the manga and watched as the anime adds more to the comedy, don't expect the movie to add too much humor, the most you'll get is two jokes, funny jokes mind you, about Warner Bros at the beginning and end of the movie. Like-wise with the jokes, hardly any of the various characters of the series make it into the movie. Granted that the arc that this movie is based on is set pretty far back in the series (Episodes 58-61 and manga chapters 89-97), it is still disappointing to see so little of the recurring characters, especially the shinsengumi.
But to be fair with it's serious tone, the movie displays great action scenes between the antagonist and Gintoki (Though it is almost entirely rehashed from the anime) and ends on a flashy and bloody final battle. And at the very least, if they really had to remake an arc into a movie, they hardly could have chose better.
ANIMATION: It's a constant step up from the tv series that hardly lowers the quality with no signs of characters going off model, and that is all it really is, just a step up from the tv series and it doesn't look quite as great as most shonen series movies do. And despite how well the fight scenes look, except the final battle towards the very end of the movie, it is clearly just a more polished up version of the tv series, but at least that's exactly what we should expect from a rehash.
SOUND: The background is almost entirely just the soundtrack from the tv series, save for the song that play during the final battle of the movie, Bakuchi Dancer by DOES which is a pretty rockin' song. The japanese cast of course is still as great as ever, there's no performance better than Tomokazu Sugita's Gintoki, not even the english dub by Sentai Filmworks (With bad lip flap and all).
The english dub is decent, some performances are befitting of the character they play like Luci Christian's Kagura, most are half and half like Chris Patton's Gintoki Sakata, which he gets the mannerism down and surprisingly does well, but lacks greatly went it comes down to fight scenes, and then there ones that are just flat out disastrous, Mark Laskowski's performance of Shinpachi is one of those ear bleeding performances that makes me want to file a lawsuit for assault especially since he gets the majority of the lines.
Outside of the questionable performances are some very odd translation decisions, like for example the sword Benizakura is literally called The Awesome Cherry Blossom while the honorifics are kept in the english dub like -chan or -san making a lot of the character exchanges sound incredibly awkward and out of place in the english dub.
The english dub is ultimately hit and miss, but could have been worse, they could have gotten Steven Foster to work on it. . . Brrrrrrrr.
+ Animation is a step up from the tv series.
+ Good action scenes
+/- English dub has some competent performances like Luci Christian's Kagura. / Some like Shinpachi's performance nearly ruin the entire experience.
+/- Remake of one of the series most famous story arcs. / Rehash of a story arc rather than being an original story.
- Too serious for a series that hardly ever takes itself seriously.
- Too little of the side characters from the tv series hardly make an appearance outside of the last scene during the credits.
Despite my complain about it's serious nature, I did enjoy myself watching it, both the english and japanese voice overs. But if Sentai Filmworks decides to dub over the tv series, I'd be a bit worried.
"Hey I got a great idea! Why don't we (Sunrise) show our fans something they already seen before and turn into a movie! Wow, great! Yeah, great marketing scheme to pull in the profits."
Is it really necessary for me to explain and describe the plot and characters in this review even though you obviously seen the anime and if not why are you, the reader even going to attempt to watch the movie? You won't understand it.
In all seriousness what was the point of this movie? I thought it was going to be something original, something that Gintama fans never seen before. But it turned
out to be a remake of a popular arc. I hope I wasn't the only one who was disappointed. Don't get me wrong the Benizakura-hen arc is everything a Gintama fan would want it had action, comedy and adventure but was it really mandatory to remake the darn thing instead of creating something freah and exciting? It takes out the element of suspense and therefore it becomes bland and repetitive. My suggestion: watch the anime.
NOTE : My score is given based off of two things. The first is how good the actual arc was. The second is what it improved.
Gintama has made quite a few remake movies of arcs. Can't say they were bad, because they did a great job at adapting the arcs. This movie adapts the Benizakura arc which is from episode 58-61 which is one of my favourite Gintama arcs. It's pretty much a recap with nothing left out with some added stuff.
This arc is probably the first arc revolving around Gintoki and his past. What does it do better than episode 58-61? It has
extra cutscenes which was pretty interesting, also some good songs at the end. The most important part is the better art & animation. The fights are amazing and captivating and i had to rewatch the scenes are few times due to the epic overloadness.
Due to the comedic tone Gintama this was a very new experience and Gintama was no longer seen as a comedy-only anime which is great since having balanced action and comedy helps you switch mood and create a new experience.
This movie itself has the load of great characters with a simple yet great storyline with very good comedy. This is a good example as to how Gintama usually is, this fast change of tone is very effective and creates a great piece of work.
This movie has had a huge effect on the Gintama fanbase by itself. I'm pretty sure i was a Gintama disliker after episode 1-2. Alot of Gintama fans disliked the anime because it takes a while to get good so this movie came out and became a great gateway for this anime. Gintama fans immediately loved the movie and kept watching the anime until they reached the point where it gets awesome. They got the energy to do it due to understanding how Gintama can get after this movie.
If you're one of those who dislikes Gintama after watching like 20-40 episodes, i recommend you watch this and you might get a better opinion of the Gintama franchise. If you're already a fan of Gintama and haven't reached this arc yet, you should watch the movie version because it's better.
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WARNING: REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
NOTE: I will not be comparing to the anime Bt as a movie adaptation
its a copy and paste from the anime with some well accepted added scenes which were probably never in the anime the story itself isn't anything great but doesn't let you get bored because of the jokes and other screenplay motions.
The art is absolutely beautiful they improved It alot with better lighting shadowing etc. You get the point. And also the absolutely amazing fight scene added at the end of the movie (Gintoki and Katsura vs Amanto) was certainly a treat for all the fans of
The soundtracks are epic they just make the moment and send shivers down ur spine the OST bakuchi dancer was awesome which made the last fight scene even more epic
The characters are as usual awesome and the anime has a villain who doesn't get enough screen time and is one of the villains whose motives actually make sense gintoki and katsura are funny and badass and the rest are the usual awesome
Even though I knew what was going to happen even though I had seen this already I did not feel bored in the slightest amount and enjoyed the movie thoroughly.
the movie itself is really awesome but instead of a remake I personally felt they should have made a original movie.
Gintama is a good show. I have to admit that. The comedy of the show is really good. However, this movie only has less comedy and it shows more of its serious side. Is it a good movie?
It is a good movie, but it's not a 10/10 for me.
I believe this is the first Gintama arc that shows its serious side. It introduces, if not, develops characters that links to Gintoki's backstory. The film does show its epic moments. By the ending, it raises more question on Gintoki's past which makes me curious (I still have to watch the anime to find out).
I couldn't score
the story higher as it is good, however, aside from the amount of questions raised, it isn't something new to the Shonen genre. I do believe that Gintama has something better to offer than this.
For the animation, it is better than its alternative version, it is much more fluid than ever. However, I wouldn't say it is the best animation ever, but it works. For the soundtrack, DOES did a great job on performing these 2 ED performances (I'm starting to like the band). The OSTs on this show is also great.
I enjoyed the movie because of its characters. The comedy and the action of the characters is the reason why I enjoyed the movie. Before watching this movie, you should watch Gintama first. When you enter Benizakura ark, just watch the movie version like I did. I didn't bother watching the anime version. After this, I'll head back to the anime.
Gintama: The Movie or known it by the name of Gintama: Shin’yaku Benizakura-Hen is a summary of the episode Gintama 58-61, which here tells about the Benizakura Arc. Gintama was produced by Studio Sunrise since 2006 and for this movie will retell how Kotarou Katsura was attacked by the aliens of Kihetai. In this movie too, Warner Bros participated in the making of this movie even though they didn’t confirm about this movie. However, Gintama movie was a great success in 2010 and successfully aired in all theaters from various countries.
I will not write much about this movie because this movie is just a summary
of this Gintama series. Indeed for Benizakura Arc in the TV Series is not epic like this movie, but the dialogues that exist and action scenario is very fascinating. The portrayal that had initially failed a bit in his TV Series began to improve in this movie. Some background music that supports animation and some altered angel cameras make this movie much different from its series.
But what’s make different about Gintama movie and series? The answer has many differences. Because helped by Warner Bros, Gintama for this movie version has something original of his own. For Gintama fans will feel it much different from the series, because they will realize that this is just a remake of some popular arc. If you just watch this movie but never watch the anime, maybe a bit disappointing for anyone new to Gintama because this anime presents an unusual adventure comedy action.
This movie can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to watch it especially for fans who really like Naruto, One Piece or other mainstream anime. However, Gintama is not a mainstream anime in my opinion. The story is very easy to understand and presents a very mesmerizing action. The movie is good, but for someone who is unfamiliar with Gintama, it may seem strange to them.
Well, I'd say that it's true that 95% of the scenes in this movie was already seen by the viewers who have watched Gintama from episodes 59 (or something) and so on. But it was great since they showed some scenes that was never seen before.
Everything for me is just perfect, and even though I've already seen this in normal Gintama episodes, I still enjoyed it to the fullest.
I actually thought that they would never dub it again since the scenes are just the same with the episodes we first saw.
But I was proved wrong. Anyway, this movie is still the best!
Its just a copy and paste of a couple episodes of the series and the parts they did take from the series are not that great and the stuff that they added are bland a big dissapointment from a fan of the series
this movie is pretty much the same as the arc as staed several times by the characters of gintama. Although there was one or two new scenes. In one of those scenes they had my favorite character of all time ( Kagura-chan being my first favorite). Those new scenes made it worth for me.
Sorry, first review but this needs to be known to everyone...
Good movie from a good series (well, as much as I've seen anyway). It's funny, it's got good fight scenes (and animation in general) and a coherent plot (even if it is just a re-hash of a existing story-arc), what more could you want?(besides romance... although I suppose you could say that it's already there...)
All right, to my main concern... So my friend showed me this the other night and this is very minutely a spoiler (even though it's been a solid 4 years), but did anyone else notice a possible Rick Roll when
Tetsuya and his sister have their longest conversation in the movie (towards the end) when he says he doesn't want to give her up or let her down or hurt her? Seriously, some one let me know if they can see (hear) it, this has been really weighing on my mind since that scene...
With one of the most popular arc of Gintama comes the movie version of it.
Of course, you wouldn’t understand this movie if you haven’t seen the anime version of it. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much because I thought it would be just a compilation of the episodes from the series but I couldn’t be so wrong. I strongly believe that the movie is made even better from the anime version. You can feel the strong touch of a film from this movie which makes it quite different from the series. You will enjoy it just like watching a motion picture.
Because it is
a movie, the animation is even better.
If you love the anime or even manga version of Gintama, you will surely love this movie.